A PRINCE AMONG MEN
The ninth entry in Johnson’s Red, Hot & Blue series is somewhat uneven, but her trademark sass and steam are irrepressible, offering a great deal for fans and new readers alike to enjoy. Though the relationship between her main couple is a bit slow to sizzle, the vibrancy of her characters and her storytelling skills are strong enough to grab readers’ attention and sympathy. The presentation of the story’s gritty details and Johnson’s ability to incorporate real-life situations and characters into her plot make for an intense, unforgettable book.
Sergeant Ryan Pettit blogs anonymously as “Groundpounder” during his monotonous deployment in Afghanistan, but life gets much more interesting when a female reporter arrives at the base. Vicki Vanover flirted and bribed her way onto the military base, determined to write about life for Afghani women. Though she did her research, nothing could prepare her for life in a war zone — or the passion that builds between her and her caretaker, Ryan. Vicki fell for Groundpounder’s words months ago online, but now she’s left with more questions than answers. Can she give her heart to the real soldier when she sees the dangers he faces? (SAMHAIN, Mar., 200 pp., $14.00)